GM Employees Jailed for Racing C8 Corvettes on the Street in KY

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"The two employees in question -- Alexander Thim and Mark Derkatz -- were stopped by the Kentucky State Police on (and this isn't a joke) Lovers Lane for doing at least 67 mph in a 45 mph zone. Now, it's not clear if they were only going 67 or if that's just the threshold for the reckless driving charge, but we kind of doubt that was the case.

The reason that we doubt it was the case is that with 495 horsepower in its most basic form and a fast-shifting dual-clutch transmission, the C8 Corvette will hit 60 miles per hour in under three seconds. So, were they only doing 67, it would have had to have been a very short race indeed."

"According to Kentucky State Police, a trooper stopped Alexander Thim and Mark Derkatz on the evening of Wednesday, January 8, on Lovers Lane in Bowling Green, for exceeding the posted 45-mph speed limit by more than 26 mph, reckless driving, and racing motor vehicles on a public road. Automobile has not yet been able to verify just how much higher than 71 mph the cars were traveling when police nailed them and hauled the drivers away. (Exceeding the speed limit by 26 mph is simply Kentucky's standard under its driver's license points system to trigger a hearing and a possible suspension; it does not mean the cars were clocked at precisely 71 mph, or 26 mph more than the posted 45-mph limit.) "
 

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What you do on your own personal time is your own prerogative. What you do on the job as part of your employment... they should have been on a closed course. The motorsports park is literally right across the highway from the Corvette factory.



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Speeding without countermeasures :thumbsdown:
 

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A C8 with manufacturer tags should not be pulling over anyway. Especially if a career is on the line.
 

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When you spend bucks on a new car with only 20 miles on the clock, they could have been hard miles.
 

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From the citation of Thim:

Observed (3) total 2020 Corvettes turn from Scottsville Road onto Ken Bale Blvd and accelerate heavily. While observing the Corvettes, all 3 made a left turn onto Middle Bridge Road and then a right onto Lovers lane. The above (Red) Corvette accelerated heavily in the left lane on Lovers Lane and achieved a speed of 120 MPH in the posted 45 MPH zone. Night conditions. The White Corvette was stopped in the right lane and achieved a top speed of 100 MPH. The last Corvette (Blue) was driven by a witness and did not participate in the race. The Corvettes were observed at speed from the intersection of Middle Bridge until the traffic stop was conducted at Olde Towne Blvd. The odor of an alcoholic be verage was present on the breath of the operator. PBT detected presence of alcohol. The party stated that they were all familiar with each other and were employees of GM. The individuals had been at “Que Time” before contact was made this date. GM owns all Corvettes involved. Speed was detected visually and confirmed by same direction, moving radar. Stalker DSR 2x radar was calibrated before this shift.
 

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If I was the LEO I would have given them a pass or reduced since it is Corvette town after all.
You know these guys have a hard on for sport cars. It gives them pleasure to give out tickets to anyone with a nice car.
 

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Red,White & Blue corvettes, eh - they're certainly patriotic violater's are they not ? :police:
High revving a virgin engine is criminal !!!
 

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This is a CM forum, but being reckless gets no sympathy from me. 100mph+ and alcohol? Send them to jail
Agreed. If you’re going to safely be in control of your vehicle, you first need to be safely in control of yourself. That can’t happen with impaired thinking from DUI.
 

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Red,White & Blue corvettes, eh - they're certainly patriotic violater's are they not ? :police:
You would think that it would be a Top Gear/Grand Tour stunt
 

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Yet, cops think it's just okay to race each other. I knew this deputy and he told me how this one NCHP would come up behind him with no lights at night and blow past him scaring him to death. Honestly, I wouldn't feel good about myself if I would write a guy for 90 and giving him C&R, then drive around at 90 for fun. But, they do it all the time.
 
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There was another thread on this, and someone cited a different news report that stated the employees had been seen leaving a local bar by the police and were arrested with alcohol on their breath. DUI while doing 100...
 

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There was another thread on this, and someone cited a different news report that stated the employees had been seen leaving a local bar by the police and were arrested with alcohol on their breath. DUI while doing 100...
Dont think this was them
They were arrested for speeding onlu
 

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